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The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

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Publisher Comments:

If there's one lesson every homeowner must learn, it's this: The traditional lawn is a huge, time consuming, synthetic-chemical sucking mistake. The time has come to look for new ways to create friendly, livable spaces around our homes.

In The American Meadow Garden, ornamental grass expert John Greenlee creates a new model for homeowners and gardeners. For Greenlee, a meadow isn't a random assortment of messy, anonymous grasses. Rather, it is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life — with minimal input of water, time, and other scarce resources. Kids and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there. A prairie style planting is a place you want to be.

With decades of experience as a nurseryman and designer, John Greenlee is the perfect guide. He

details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance; particularly valuable

are his explanations of how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Gorgeous

photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow

gardens from across the country.

We've reached a stage where we can no longer follow past practices unthinkingly, particularly when

those practices are wasteful and harmful to the environment. It's time to get rid of the old-fashioned

lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden.

Synopsis:

In a book with full-color photos, an expert nurseryman and designer details site preparation, plant selection and maintenance of a meadow garden, explaining how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas.

Synopsis:

Ornamental grass expert Greenlee says it's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden. Gorgeous photography offers stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country.

About the Author

John Greenlee has been creating grass ecologies in gardens of all sizes all over the United States and Canada since 1984. He owns Greenlee Nursery, the oldest grass nursery in California. He has appeared frequently on television and was named horticulturist of the year in 2002 by the Southern California Association of Horticulturists. His previous book is The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses (Rodale 1992). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from Cal Poly, Pomona, California.

Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.

Table of Contents

The lure of the meadow — How and where grasses grow — Meadows for a purpose — Accent on design — A portfolio of meadow gardens — Grasses for meadows — Making a meadow — Establishing and maintaining a meadow — Resources — Meadows to visit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604691320
Subtitle:
Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn
Publisher:
Timber Press
Photographer:
Saxon Holt
Author:
Saxon Holt
Author:
Holt, Saxon
Author:
John Greenlee
Author:
Greenlee, John
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Lawns
Subject:
Natural landscaping -- United States.
Subject:
Grasses -- United States.
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Gardening-Garden Structure
Subject:
Gardening-Grasses and Groundcover
Subject:
Gardening-Landscape and Design
Subject:
Gardening-Wildflowers and Native Plants
Subject:
Gardening : Garden Design
Subject:
Gardening : Landscape
Subject:
Gardening : Lawns
Subject:
Gardening-Lawns
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091121
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
10.44 x 10.44 x 1 in 3.19 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In a book with full-color photos, an expert nurseryman and designer details site preparation, plant selection and maintenance of a meadow garden, explaining how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas.
"Synopsis" by , Ornamental grass expert Greenlee says it's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden. Gorgeous photography offers stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country.
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